Gaskell House Blogs

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Our blog post cover everything that happens at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House from the stories discovered about objects and furnishings, to family connections and past residents. You can read about the garden and the plants we grow as well as the volunteering experience we offer to our brilliant team. The majority of the posts are written by volunteers.


“Will you walk into my parlour?”

One of Elizabeth Gaskell's close friends was fellow writer Mary Howitt (1799-1888). Both she and her husband William were key figures in Elizabeth's early writing career.  She had written to them in 1838 with an account of a visit by her to...

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Volunteers on Tour: the Church of the Holy Name

It’s a long way theologically, but only a short walk geographically, from Elizabeth Gaskell’s House to the Church of the Holy Name on Oxford Road. A group of 10 volunteers, with staff member Dympna made a visit recently to this large Roman...

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Constance Harper’s songs at Plymouth Grove

Maria Quinn knew Constance and Lilian Harper who lived in our house on Plymouth Grove after the Gaskells, and when she visited the House recently she told us about her friendship with the two Harper sisters - you can read about it...

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Samuel Gaskell – Warrington’s Forgotten Pioneer of the Treatment of Mental Health.

On Saturday 14th September from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday 15th September from 12noon to 2pm, Cairo Street Chapel in Warrington will be open for Heritage Weekend. Visitors can spend time visiting Warrington’s oldest Dissenting Chapel, founded on the same site...

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Charles Dickens in the Garden

Charles Dickens is in the garden somewhere. Well, we know roughly where he is; he's among the dahlias at the front of the house, somewhere in among these. We know that because there is a variety of dahlia named after Charles Dickens....

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